Tag Archives: children’s literature

Weekend Plans – Princeton Children’s Book Festival

23 Sep

092317CBFSavedate3I’m hanging out at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival this weekend with a TON of authors, illustrators and book lovers! I’ve got Christmas and birthday gifts checked off my list for the next year or two for all the awesome kiddos in my life and I couldn’t leave without adding a few titles to my personal library! If you’re in the Princeton area, check out this awesome event!


Reserve Your Spot: KidLitCon

13 Sep

KidlitconLogo2017.pngIf you live in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland area (or farther) and you blog about children’s literature, then you’ve got to check out KidLitCon 2017 held in Hershey PA, November 3rd & 4th this year.

I got the chance to attend KitLitCon three years ago in Baltimore and it was an awesome weekend of networking with other kidlit bloggers, hearing authors speak and learning about new ideas and concepts that I could incorporate into my blog. The conference is put together by the same group of awesome individuals who also host the CYBILS awards which are book awards given by book bloggers.

The conference was definitely useful and even more importantly a lot o fun, so if you’re interested in attending, check out the website

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved During the First Year I Started My Blog

12 Sep

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging since 2011 and it’s amazing to think that I didn’t have anything in my mind worth sharing with the world. It’s been an awesome journey and one I know that will continue to change as I change and it was fun to look back at what I was reading when I first started this journey!

  1. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
  2. One for the Murphys by Lyda Mullaly Hunt
  3. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  5. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  6. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  7. Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  8. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  9. Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  10. Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Call for Judges: CYBILS

9 Sep

Cybils-Blog-Header-2017If you’re a kid lit book blogger, you should think about applying to become a judge for the CYBILS awards, it’s a rewarding experience that exposes you to titles you never would have read before. If you’re interested check out the CYBILS website and make sure to get your application in by the deadline – September 14.

There are two different rounds of judging and the CYBILS website has all the information you’ll need to decide what type of judge fits your schedule the best. And if you’re not too specific, shoot for being a judge of a less popular genre like nonfiction or poetry, it may be easier to be selected if fewer people apply for these genres.

It’s definitely a lot of hard work and (obviously) a lot of reading, but it’s a really great experience to be a part of and one that I’d love to repeat when I have a little more time!

Celebrate International Literacy Day

8 Sep

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Today celebrates the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day with the hope to increase literacy rates around the world and to recognize the efforts of organizations fighting this fight. This year’s theme for UNESCO’s International Literacy Day is Reading the Past, Writing the Future which I think is so important in today’s world – we need to celebrate our history and look towards a future where everyone has the opportunity to learn to read and better themselves. So, I put together a booklist celebrating the Mildred L. Batchelder Award, “given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.” Here are the past ten year’s of winners and if you get a chance, pick up one of these awesome titles!

  1. Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe (2008 winner)
  2. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi (2009 winner)
  3. A Faraway Island by Annika Thor (2010 winner)
  4. A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux (2011 winner)
  5. Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak (2012 winner)
  6. My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve (2013 winner)
  7. Mister Orange by Truus Matti (2014 winner)
  8. Mikis and the Donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak (2015 winner)
  9. The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna (2016 winner)
  10. Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved (2017 winner)
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